Despite Dr. Simon's presentation to the Cook County Board last meeting, One out of three Physicians is planning to leavePosted by Third Generation Chicago Native at 7/08/2007
With so many hospitals in Chicago, three bordering Cook County John Stroger Hospital, University of Illinois, Rush, and Westside VA, there are plenty of opening for physcians. Physcians at Cook County have to do more work, they have to be responsible for House Staff (Student Doctors), teaching, checking up on them, checking behind them, with the influx of new House Staff in July, many needing to learn English better, oh my......, and now do the work of nurses that have been laid off, other physicians that were laid off, its no wonder they are leaving. The pay for physicians at Cook County Hospital is also lower at least by 7%, than neighboring hospitals, and Chicagoland area Hospitals. I can't blame the Attending physicians for leaving, not one bit.
Cook County Jail in the news as well
One by one, Cook County Jail inmates would line up to have a cotton swab inserted into their penises.
It wasn't always done gently, or willingly, according to inmates, and sometimes it happened without the medical official changing gloves.
Now county taxpayers could be on the hook to pay as much as $3.2 million to the thousands of inmates who experienced this method of jail testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
The Cook County Board is set to vote Tuesday to settle the class-action case brought by inmates, who said they were coerced and threatened into taking a test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Inmates say the tests were done through Cermak Hospital without privacy and with great pain during swabbing.
But county officials maintained proper procedures were followed and they were doing little more than testing for diseases for the safety of all inmates -- no differently than taking a blood sample.
County health officials suspended the program earlier this year and cut off funding for an automatic STD test upon entry to the jail.
County attorney Patrick Driscoll said more than 32,000 inmates are eligible to collect in the settlement.